flydubai's Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, was greeted by airport officials including Denis Kostorzhevskiy, Head of the Board of Directors of International Airport Kiev (Zhulyany) and Alexy Yakovec, General Director of Master Avia. The aircraft was configured with Business Class which went on sale earlier this month and is now being trialled on select flights.
flydubai is also commencing operations to the southern city of Odessa, with flights twice a week. The airline now operates to four destinations in Ukraine and 66 destinations across its network.
Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: "flydubai remains committed to the Ukrainian market. We have been flying here since 2011 and we now offer 28 flights a week to Dubai. In October, we are delighted to announce that the first commercial flight equipped with our new Business Class service will land in Kiev."
Travel to Dubai from Ukraine has grown considerably, with a 46% growth in passenger numbers in the last 12 months. flydubai has made travel more convenient and Ukrainian passengers have made extensive use of the airline's network, with 23% of them in the last year continuing their journey to popular destinations including Colombo in Sri Lanka and Malé in the Maldives. Visiting Dubai's efficient aviation hub allows passengers to connect onwards to over 200 destinations.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Denis Kostorzhevskiy, said: "We are delighted to welcome flydubai to Zhulyany International Airport. These new flights will help to improve the connectivity of Kiev and contribute to the growth of our airport's operations. We hope that this new route will increase both tourist and business travellers to the capital."
With the start of flights to Zhulyany International Airport together with flydubai's existing daily service to Boryspil International Airport passengers will now have the choice of a double daily service to Dubai.
Flight FZ727 leaves daily from Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 at 0920hrs, arriving at Zhulyany International Airport at local time 1350hrs. The return flight, FZ728, departs daily from Zhulyany International Airport at 1435hrs, landing in Dubai at local time 2025hrs.
Flights between Zhulyany International Airport and Dubai will operate daily. Return fares start from AED 1,740.
A seat with extra legroom costs AED 100. Once on board, passengers can choose from a range of optional extras, including in-flight entertainment packages priced from AED 15 and select from the varied menu of refreshments and Duty Free items.
Business Class flights between Zhulyany International Airport and Dubai will commence on 28 October. Return fares start from AED 4,320. Business Class fares include a comfortable spacious seat, a generous checked baggage allowance, flydubai's award winning in-flight entertainment system and a choice of internationally- inspired menus and refreshments.
Flights can be purchased from flydubai's website (flydubai.com), its Call Centre (+9714 231 1000), flydubai Travel Shops or through travel partners. Bookings in Kiev can be made by calling (+380 44 4659365). Visa facilitation services can be obtained from flydubai Travel Shops and travel partners. Further information and details of the carrier's car rental and travel services can also be found on flydubai.com.